104. Thanksgiving Special 2017

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This is the first Reconnect Thanksgiving Special.

Andy reads an article by Eric Metaxes that was published in 2015 in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth”.

He also shares the top 7 Bible verses for Thanksgiving which are compiled and explained by Kristi Winkler of ShareFaith.

Thanksgiving Cartoon

103. Luther’s 95 Theses (Reaction!)

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95 Theses #62

Andy is a Lutheran, meaning that he believes the Book of Concord (The Lutheran Confessions) accurately represent the teachings of Scripture.  However, he has never read Martin Luther’s 95 Theses that he posted on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31st, 1517. 

In this episode, he reads them for the first time, start to finish on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Many of these have some historical particularity that fully escapes him.  Much is still to be learned. 

102. Lutheran Theology Part 5

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Luther and the Solas

Andy continues the series on Lutheran Theology. This time Wes is back and together they discuss the formal principle of Lutheran theology and the nature of Law and Gospel.

101. Are Scripture and Darwinian Evolution Compatible?

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Are Scripture and Darwinian Evolution CompatibleSean Pino interviews Andy to see if he thinks Scripture and Darwinian Evolution are compatible. The literary nature of Genesis is discussed, the source and origin of physical death in creation, the interplay between scientific discovery and theory with Biblical interpretation, and why some Christians are adamant in their refusal to adapt Darwinian teaching into Christian Doctrine.

100. Songs of Protest and Apocalypse


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Black Sabbath Lyrics Vol. 2 2

For episode 100 of Reconnect, Andy interviews Joe Bongiorno, about his illustrated rock lyric book, Black Sabbath The Illustrated Lyrics, Vo1. 2: Songs of Protest and Apocalypse.  Bongiorno’s book explains the lyrics of Black Sabbaths’ 2nd album, Paranoid.  Some listeners might be shocked to hear about a Black Sabbath themed episode of a podcast dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and if that is the case, please go back to episode 68 where Andy interviewed Joe about Volume 1.

Bongiorno explains how Paranoid is a collection of songs that are “ultimately polemics infused in the discourse of apocalyptic literature (with implications both ancient and modern), there is the every-present reminder that there is hope and a greater purpose at work.”

In their album Paranoid, Black Sabbath challenges us to consider the nature of war, evil, depression, addiction, and the failures of transhumanism.  They warns us against aligning ourselves with Satan, and instead point us to hope in the supernatural king that will take earth under his wings.  As Bongiorno demonstrates that the imagery of Geezer Butler’s lyrics is knowingly derived from the Bible, it becomes clear that Black Sabbath’s album Paranoid is calling us to repentance, a turning from a sin and a turning to God and the salvation that he alone can bring.

Show Links:

Joyous Wolf

The Royal Publisher of Oz

Black Sabbath The Illustrated Lyrics

Geezer says his lyrics come from the Bible!

Episode 68 – Andy’s first interview with Joe